The Eventarrow
The inaugural International Student Energy Summit took place in Calgary, Canada - June 11-13, 2009 and brought together students from over 30 countries to discuss prominent energy issues. ISES received a tremendous amount of support from the corporate, academic and political communities.
Here are some testimonials:

  • ISES was amazing. Thank you for all your efforts, this conference has inspired me to take new roads in my life. Thank you again. - Ayoub Ateefa

  • I would like to thank you for organizing the amazing conference - I am absolutely blown away. I've met so many amazing people who inspired me whether personally or professionally. Super sleep-deprived from the late-night chats but super pumped to make a difference as well! You have definitely inspired me!
    - Janny Ke

  • Thanks for giving this island boy the experience of a lifetime. - Albert Andall

  • I would like to thank the team for all the efforts to make this event happen at this level of success, everything was well organized and just perfect. - Ammar Alhiti

  • Thank you for putting on such a great event, I was really impressed with the speakers you brought in, the events and the overall conference as a whole. Very well done. - Anthony Price

  • I will like to express my appreciation and congratulatory message to you for organizing such a historic event ISES 2009. Never in my experience in conference participation so far, have I seen such professional event managers. I shall forever remember my stay in Calgary and look forward to seeing you soon.
    - Innocent Onah

  • First of all congratulations to the ISES team for successfully hosting the Summit. The Summit was outstanding and very, very informative. I am very grateful to the ISES team for providing me the opportunity to participate in the Summit, being able to learn and know many people from around the world and from all sectors of energy. This summit has really helped us elaborate our knowledge about energy and our role in creating clean, green and sustainable energy futures. - Yogesh Lama

  • I couldn't believe how students and experts came together under the same goal. This was truly amazing. You gave confidence and confirmation to the experts and the older generation that there is a hopeful future. You have opened the eyes of students as it is sometimes hard to picture life in the real world. Seeing how experts became experts and hearing inspirational stories helped me and other students at ISES to dream, imagine and plan our lives. - Selena Choi
Letter from the Chairarrow
The International Student Energy Summit is a unique and exciting event that I am very proud to be a part of as a student concerned about the future of energy. Our dedicated planning team has worked tirelessly to not only create an amazing learning opportunity but also an unforgettable experience.

This summit is more than a one-time event; it is the beginning of a movement. Students are future researchers, teachers, industry experts and CEOs. We are eager to learn and even more eager to change the world. By bringing together 500 of the best and the brightest youth leaders, top-notch speakers and supportive sponsors and partners we are creating an environment conducive to positive change.

We are very proud to host you in one of the world's most exciting energy hubs-Calgary, Alberta. The amount of investment and community support for the energy industry is remarkable. It is a great place to learn, work and host the inaugural International Student Energy Summit.

I encourage everyone, whether from politics, academia or industry, to take interest in this event and join us as we fuel the future of energy. This event is the catalyst for uniting like-minded students committed to creating a sustainable future.

Kali Taylor

The Eventarrow
The ISES program was comprehensive and followed focused on 3 key pillars that encompass various challenges in energy. World renowned experts attended ISES to help give keen energy students the chance to learn from the best. Thank you to all our speakers who attended the Calgary ’09 conference.

Program Summary

Alex Steffen Author, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Worldchanging
Matt McCulloch Director of the Pembina Institute's Corporate Consulting Services
Dr. Pierce Riemer Secretary General of the World Petroleum Council
Bob Mitchell Manager Climate Change, Business Development and Strategic Planning
Jason Switzer Sustainability Advisor, Integrated Oil Division, Encana Corporation
Dr. Michael Klare Author of "Resource Wars" and "Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Petroleum Dependency". Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. Defense correspondent of The Nation magazine.
David Layzell Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy
Dr. David Sanborn Scott Vice-President (for the Americas) of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, author of "Smelling Land: The Hydrogen Defense against Climate Catastrophe", Founding Director of the University of Victoria’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems
Dr. Gustav Grob Executive Secretary of the International Sustainable Energy Organization
John Huckerby Executive Officer, Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association, Director of Power Projects Limited, New Zealand
Dr. Gerhard Knies Sustainable Energy Expert for the Club of Rome, DESERTEC Foundation
Bill McFarlane Past President of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association, Manager of Integrated Technology at Nexen Inc.
Matt Fox Senior Vice President, Oil Sands, Conoco Philips Canada
Andrew Nikiforuk Author
Jennifer Grant Policy Analyst, Pembina Institute
Calvin Duane Manager, Regulatory and Environmental Affairs at Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Wishart Robson Senior Advisor for Safety and Climate Change at Nexen Inc.
Jeremy Rifkin Author of 17 bestselling books. Served as an adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, and Prime Minister Janez Jansa of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies.
Vicente Fox Former President of Mexico
Leor Rotchild Senior Analyst, Social Responsibility, Nexen Inc
Dr. Randy Gossen President of the World Petroleum Council, Vice President of Global Business Relations at Nexen Inc.
Catherine MacGregor Vice President of Personnel, Sclumberger Ltd.
Student Representatives Steven Butler, Ivonne Andrea Sanchez Hernandez, Kavya Meyyappan, Mark Blackwell
Dr. Jack Mintz Former president and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, Palmer Chair in Public Policy at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Jeffrey Simpson The Globe and Mail's national affairs columnist
Dr. Bruce Carson Executive Director of the Canada School of Energy and Environment
Mr. Steve Pullins President and CEO of Horizon Energy Group
Ms. Geraldine Byrne Executive Associate of WADE Canada, World Alliance for Decentralized Energy
Mr. Jay Park Partner, and Chair of the Global Resources Practice Group with Macleod Dixon LLP
Mr. Dan McFadyen Chairman of the Energy Resources Conservation Board, Past Deputy Minister of Alberta Energy
Mr. Geoffrey Cann Partner and Leader, Deloitte's Energy & Resources Consulting Practice
Dr. Bob Willard Author of the Sustainability Advantage and the Next Sustainability Wave
Dr. Michael Klare Author of "Resource Wars" and "Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Petroleum Dependency".
Mr. Zhao Luanxiao School of Ocean and Earth Science
Mr. Peter Tertzakian Chief Energy Economist of ARC Financial Corporation, author of A Thousand Barrels a Second.
Dr. John Kimani Researcher, African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN)
Mr. Alec Blyth Research Hydrogeologist, Alberta Research Council
Dr. Dave Irvine Halliday Founder, Light Up The World Foundation.
Dr. John Kimani Researcher, African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN)
Dr. John Huckerby Executive Officer, Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association, Director of Power Projects Limited
Mr. Robert Guzzwell Manager, Hydro Division at Canadian Hydro Developers
Dr. Basim Faraj Unconventional Gas Specialist at Talisman Energy
Dr. Roberto Aguilera Conoco-Phillips Chair in Tight Gas Engineering at the University of Calgary.
Richard Strand President, Home Investment Management Inc.
Mr. Peter Bortolin Manager, Business Operations, MacPhail School of Energy, SAIT Polytechnic
Dr. Maen Husein Center for Environmental Engineering Research and Education, University of Calgary
Mauro Cimolia Technical Advisor for Laricina Energy
Don Murray President of CTI Refining and Advantage Insight Group
Tony Morris Consultant, Shaw Energy and Chemicals Group
Chantel Green Repository Safety, Nuclear Waste Management Organization
Dr. Curtis Burlinguette ISEEE Fellow; Tier II Canada Research Chair in Energy Conversion; Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary
Dr. Gerhard Knies Founder of the Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation, Project Manager of DESERTEC for the Club of Rome
Dr. Gustav Grob Executive Secretary of the International Sustainable Energy Organization
Dr. Ian Waller President of the 5 Bar Gates Consultants
Dr Trevor Stuthridge Group Manager - Sustainable Design, Scion
David Keith Director, ISEEE Energy and Environmental Systems Group, Adjunct Professor Department of EPP, Carnegie Mellon
Ben Anthony Senior Researcher at CanmetENERGY with Natural Resources Canada
Jay (Raymond) Braitsch Manager of Carbon Sequestration Studies and Analysis, Office of Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy
Dr. David Sanborn Scott Vice-President (for the Americas) of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, author of "Smelling Land: The Hydrogen Defense against Climate Catastrophe", Founding Director of the University of Victoria’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems
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Founding Partnersarrow

ISES would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our founding sponsor Suncor. Suncor Energy is an integrated energy company stategically focussed on developing Canada's Athabasca oil sands. Suncor also invests in renewable energy- wind power and biofuels.

Institute for Sustainable Energy Environment and Economy - University of Calgary

The University of Calgary established the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) in 2003 to provide multidisciplinary leadership and development of initiatives in energy and the environment. Working closely with U of C faculties and schools, ISEEE's research and education programs are focused on: reducing the environmental footprint of fossil fuel production; developing a framework and strategy to mitigate climate change and enhance North American energy security within a global context; understanding and providing insights and technologies to address the environmental challenges associated with energy production in new frontiers (especially the Arctic); and developing technologies and implementation strategies to move Canada toward more sustainable communities.

Government of Alberta


Canada School of Energy and Environment

Canada School of Energy and Environment
ISES would like to thank the Canada School of Energy and Environment for their contribution to the ISES bursary program.

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Energy Resources Conservation Board


First established in 1938, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) ensures that the discovery, development and delivery of Alberta's energy resources take place in a manner that is fair, responsible and in the public interest.

The ERCB adjudicates and regulates on matters related to energy within Alberta. The ERCB also ensures that everyone affected by development has a chance to be heard in a fair and balanced manner. In addition, the ERCB provides information, knowledge, and advice through the collection, storage, analysis, appraisal, dissemination, and stakeholder awareness of information.
ISES '09 in Calgary, Canadaarrow
Calgary, Canada. A global energy hub.

Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is located in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and high plains, just a short drive away from the famous Rockies Mountains. Calgary, Alberta is the energy capital of Canada and is a world leader in all aspects of energy development.

View of downtown Calgary All of Canada's major oil and gas companies are centered around the ten-block radius of Calgary's downtown core and the city houses nearly 2,000 energy industry companies. In Alberta, approximately one in six workers is directly or indirectly employed in the energy sector. Alberta has the world's second largest proven reserve in the oil sands, currently estimated at 175 billion barrels of proven reserves, second only to Saudi Arabia.

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